Family Law

Warning Signs of Domestic Violence

Domestic Violence

Whether you’re in a new relationship or have been married for years, it can be difficult to discern whether you are affected by domestic violence. In many cases, abusers take care to disguise their behavior by controlling their partners and isolating them from loved ones. If you have noticed any of these warning signs of domestic violence, a Philadelphia family lawyer at Pozzuolo Rodden, PC. can help you take the next steps to safety.

Indications Of Abuse
Red flags that may signal an abusive relationship include (but are not limited to):

-Possessiveness, jealousy; accusing partner of flirting with others or cheating
-Unpredictable emotions or a bad temper
-Cruelty to animals
-Outdated views of gender roles; seeing women as inferior
-Forced sex or sabotaging birth control methods
-Preventing partner from attending work or school
-Controlling behavior, often in regard to finances, clothing and grooming choices, activities, and friends
-Embarrassing, humiliating, and demeaning partner, either in public or in private
-Desire for fast involvement, such as moving in together or getting married soon after meeting
-Blaming you for his or her problems and emotions

How an Attorney Can Help
If these red flags sound familiar, it’s time to get help. A family law attorney can be your advocate in the court system as you seek protection from your abuser with an order of protection or restraining order. If you’re married to your abuser, the attorney can also help you navigate the separation and divorce process. And if you plan to press charges for assault or sexual violence, the attorney will be with you every step of the way, serving as your representative in court and dealing directly with your abuser so you don’t have to do so.

If you need a Pa. divorce attorney or domestic violence advocate in the Philadelphia area, contact Pozzuolo family law for a free consultation.